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FOR the final sustainability theme of the VELUX 5 OCEANS the skippers will focus on their race environment and the lengths they go to to be green on the oceans.

Having already taken an in-depth look at water, food and power, during ocean sprint five the four Eco 60 skippers will reflect on the past eight months of racing round the world and look forward to a more sustainable future in ocean yacht racing.

The skipper who best communicates about their experiences at sea in relation to the theme will be awarded the sprint five sustainability prize. The sustainability award supports the VELUX 5 OCEANS’ own green mission TAKING ON THE ELEMENTS, built around the principle that through sustainable practices at sea the skippers can educate and inspire people on land to change the way they live their lives.

The skippers are competing for their share of a €10,000 sustainability prize fund, split between ocean sprints three, four and five. The Eco 60 Class is governed by a number of regulations designed to limit costs and encourage positive environmental practices, promoting limited fossil fuel consumption and seeking to develop wind, solar and hydro power to take a message of sustainable living around the world.

Supporting the skippers, the VELUX 5 OCEANS race team will also explore the theme of race environment during ocean sprint four. We will also be teaming up with our race partners VELUX, Maersk Line and Sailors for the Sea who will be offering their input on their own sustainable practices and vision.

“Sustainability is a very important part of our business agenda,” said VELUX Group’s  Anne-Marie Hasselbalch, VELUX 5 OCEANS project director. “Therefore, as title sponsor, we are keen to support the race theme. In the VELUX Group we develop designs of future buildings which are carbon neutral, energy efficient and have healthy indoor climate.”

The winner of the sprint four sustainability prize will be announced on Friday following the sprint four prize giving ceremony.